Dell XPS 13 Scripted Install Problem
I've been trying to get some new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook laptops imaged via Scripted Install, which is our preferred way of setting up computers. I was able to load USB to Ethernet drivers into the KBE and boot into the windows installation.
Before it got too far in the setup using our standard scripted install, it gave me this error: "Windows cannot locate the disk and partition specified in the unattend answer file's <ImageInstall> setting"
So, thinking it was a problem with our autounattend file, I created a new scripted installation without one, so I'd have to go through all the configuration steps. When it got to window to select the installation disk, it gave me this error: "Setup was unable to create a new system parittion or locate an existing system parition." However, I could see the partition in the window, I could reformat it, etc, but it kept giving me the same error.
Thinking it was a storage driver issue, I loaded the SATA driver to the KBE from this page and rebuilt a new KBE environment to try. http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriversHome/?c=us&s=bsd&cs=04&l=en. It gave the same result.
While it was booted to the windows installation image, I opened a command prompt window (Shift+F10) and ran diskpart. I manually ran the following commands:
select disk 0 clean create partition primary select partition 1 active assign exit
It still wouldn't install. During the windows installation, I tried to load the driver through the gui as well, still no luck.
So now I'm stuck. Has anyone gotten the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook to go through a Windows 7 64-bit Scripted Install on the K2000?
Community Chosen Answer
UPDATE! So the XPS13 now supports PXE with the latest BIOS A06 however according to Dell inorder for PXE to work though you will need to purchase the http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=a6003700 however I have yet to receive this dongle to test. BUT... I did figure out a way to get a scripted install deployed for the time being.
Step 1: Create a USB Boot Environment with the appropriate drivers.
Step 2: Plug the newly created USB KBE into the usb port that is next to the power adapter port. DO NOT PLUG IN THE USB-to-ETHERNET ADAPTER YET
Step 3: Boot to the USB KBE
Step 4: Wait for the KBE to load and and fail with a message that it was unable to connect to the K2000
Step 5: Unplug the USB key from the USB 2 port next to the power adapter plug and now plug in you USB-to-Ethernet adapter to that same USB port next to the power adapter plug
Step 6: Once the USB-to-Ethernet adapter powers on and has link type in startnet.cmd
Step 7: The KBE load process will once again begin and you will eventually end up in the KBE environment able to deploy scripted installs or system images.